Winter Flowering Shrubs

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 24, 2017)

Winter flowering shrubs are a great option that you can use to add a bit of color to your landscape during the cold and often dreary months that separate fall and spring. There are a surprising number of shrubs that can grow and flower during the winter months, though there is a bit of a trick to choosing them. That trick is to know what your growing zone is. While there are a wide variety of shrubs that you can choose from, often they have a limiting factor on where they can grow well.

The winter flowering shrubs that are described here will also have the growing zones that they grow best in included as well. That way, you will be able to choose the best possible shrubs for your particular area, and for your needs.

  • Pussy willow. Also known by the scientific name of Salix discolor, is a particularly hardy shrub that can grow up to 25 feet tall in zones two through seven. Once it blooms during the late winter, the blossoms take on a powdery silver color that seems to appear out of no where on the bare stems. While it may be native to swampy areas, it also does particularly well in landscapes and can add some much needed winter texture.
  • Vernal witch hazel. This beautiful shrub can produce clusters of blooms that come in yellow, orange, or reddish orange, and will bloom from late winter through the change of the season to early spring. Hamamelis vernalis is another shrub that can grow to be rather tall in the right temperature conditions (typically found in regions three through eight). One of the nice things about this type of winter flowering shrub is that it is a very forgiving plant that doesn't really need any specific type of soil, sun, or watering requirements.
  • Winter honeysuckle. Lonicera fragrantissima will grow in zones four through nine, and has come to be known as the "breath of spring" since it usually blooms in the late winter through to change of season. Yet another shrub that can grow tall (at 10 feet) if given the right type of soil conditions. That means that you will need to plant this type of shrub into an area that doesn't get particularly wet, with plenty of drainage, and which is preferably in full sun. If you do find that you need to prune this shrub, then wait to do so after you have seen the blossoms, as you will know that it is then safe.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

How Do You Properly Clean an LCD Television?

LCD televisions are great! The clarity and size of their picture is second only to plasma screens (depending on who you ask, ...

Discover More

Maintaining Your Septic Tank

Septic tanks are a fairly common piece of household equipment that need regular and steady maintenance. If they aren't ...

Discover More

Preventing Mold Growth in HVAC Systems

Mold is much more than a simple problem that you can clean up every now and again. If you don't take the proper precautions, ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Secret to Rounded and Shaped Shrubs

Getting interestingly shaped shrubs may seem too difficult, but with some patience and just a couple of cutting sessions a ...

Discover More

Choosing a Flowering Shrub

Flowering shrubs can make a great addition to your yard. These shrubs look best while flowering, can provide a great focal ...

Discover More

Trimming Shrubs

The best time to trim your shrubs is late spring or early summer. Trimming later in the season puts the new growth of next ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three more than 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)